Garage Cabinets #1: Dumb, dumb dumb.

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Blog entry by John Lowell posted 07-30-2013 01:54 AM 2189 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dumb, dumb, dumb. If there ever was a hard way, am sure I can find it.

Stared cleaning up the garage, and noted the ski rack was mostly space. Hey, I can take that down, and add dowles doubling the capacity. OK, can do that, but to make room, need to clean out the corner and look at that shelving unit on the floor in the corner. Hey, that shelving unit could be hung up on the short wall, and leave plenty of room for the skis.

Whoops, no shelves, OK, just need to make some. That took about three hours, not bad. Now what about all the rest of the stuff? No cabinet anymore – hey, I can build a few, been wanting to clean up the other side also.

To the store, purchase 5 sheets melamine (I don’t like finishing), and a couple of cabinet ply, a bunch of 2×4 and 2×6’s. Jeepers, getting them out of the truck is hard. Have always just grunted it out, carried the entire sheets to the garage or basement for cutting. Just plum dumb.

Hey, what if I backed the truck part way into the garage and simply slid out the sheets onto the cutting cross beams? Jeepers again, that worked real well, and I did not have to lift anything. Used the Kreg guide to cut the sheets down (some standing up), then transport to basement for final sizing.

Install a zero clearance, new melamine blade, and all the parts are cut to size. Now need to wait for the delivery of the iron on edge (on clearance at grizzly). Got some time, cut the glued up 2×4 to use as skids for the lower cab (mounted on lags for leveling).

The edging should be in this week, final assembly of one floor cabinet (under the shelving unit) and four 24” x 38” cabinets, stacked two high (hey, I have to lift the things). Will think about doors, and now that I know how to unload the truck without hurting myself, may build a few more lower cabs for a workbench, and maybe a couple of uppers…?

Next weekend, am tired now.

I hate finishing, did I say that already?

cheers, johnl

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 04:03 PM

I’ll be honest, when I saw how close your garage door is to the truck in the second picture I thought you were going to tell us that you crushed the glass for the cap backing into the garage. Then, once I read the rest of the post I was confused…this is pretty much the way ALL of my projects happen…you mean to tell me that some people can just do one project at a time??? I don’t believe it. :-)

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 04:18 PM

Sounds like most of my projects, too. If you have a chance, go find the short story “Sequences” by Patrick McManus (It’s in his book entitled “The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw”). Puts it all in perspective.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 01:09 AM

John, This would be why a lot of never really get a large project completely finished :) Its all of those ones that get us sidetracked. Sounds like a some good solutions though for storage and organization. A trick for upper cabinets is cut a couple of 2×4s to put against the wall as legs and hold the cabinet up to screw in.

Look forward to seeing more.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 01:24 AM

I also started a laminated stool, but only ended up with one leg due to the compound angles, real slow that one.

A10, the glass back to the truck was removed via the garage door a few years ago, another dumb episode. But not this time.

Chris – nice to hear from you, been watching your lathe efforts, I did get some corian from the in law, made a few pens and last week a shaver. After running out of the double think corian, I tried the 1/2 inch sheets. If drilled well, the slimline pens come out real nice. May post a few later. Picked up a lot of scrap, so many many pens can be made.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 03:14 AM

I too thought you were leading up to a truck incident. Do you like finishing?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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